Is Christmas Unbelievable?

Four Questions Everyone Should Ask About the World's Most Famous Story

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Evidence for the Bible's account of Jesus' birth.

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Many people assume that the story of the baby in the manger at Bethlehem is just another made-up fantasy for kids. In this concise book, respected apologist Rebecca McLaughlin outlines the evidence that Jesus was a real person, explaining the reliability of the Bible’s accounts of his life and why believing in a virgin birth is not as ridiculous as it might sound.

This book shows that there is a rational basis for the belief that the world’s most famous story is fact, not fantasy—and how those events in history can infuse our lives today with meaning and joy.

Rebecca McLaughlin gained a PhD from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill Seminary in London before working at The Veritas Forum. She is the author of the award-winning Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion and a regular contributor for The Gospel Coalition.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Was Jesus Even a Real Person?
  • 2. Weren't the Gospels Made up Later?
  • 3. How Can You Believe in a Virgin Birth?
  • 4. Aren't We All Just Stories in the End?

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Author Rebecca McLaughlin
ISBN 9781784986407
Format Paperback
First published October 2021
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm x 6mm
Language English
Pages 64
Publisher The Good Book Company

Timothy Keller

Author, The Reason for God

Is Christmas Unbelievable? is a highly accessible and crystal clear case for the historicity both of the written Gospels and of Jesus himself—and for why it matters. Presenting her essays as an explanation of the meaning of Christmas only makes her case more interesting and more likely to be read. A great gift book too.

Rico Tice

Founder, Christianity Explored Ministries

So many people have been shaken by the COVID pandemic; we’re fragile, not in control, often lonely or angry, and longing for a God to believe in. But we have to know it’s true, and that is why Rebecca McLaughlin’s little Christmas book is so timely. She tells the story of Christmas, gives the facts that ground it in history, defends the miraculous, and explains the relevance of it all.

Glen Scrivener

Director and Evangelist, SpeakLife

A joy to read, this could be the best gift your loved ones receive.

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“Good Foundational Understanding”

This is a very short, basic book regarding the claims of Christianity and Christ. McLaughlin addresses four different questions in four short but packed chapters:

- Was Jesus Even A Real Person?

- Can We Take the Gospels Seriously?

- How Can You Believe in a Virgin Birth?

- Why Does it Matter?

McLaughlin uses both Scripture and historical texts to discuss these questions. The content is very well written, concise, and supported thoroughly. For a seasoned believer, this would be a simple refresher on the basic claims of Jesus. For a non-believer or a new believer, this book provides a lot of wisdom, insight, and truth to Christianity.

I do believe most non-believers and new believers will still have questions after reading the book, but it's a great starting point for understanding the biblical truth of Jesus. With that foundational truth, the reader can address any additional questions by going directly to Scripture.

I would have enjoyed McLaughlin including an appendix that provided even more questions for thought or a short study through scripture as a follow up to the chapters. This would provide an even deeper understanding for some readers.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.


“A brilliant Christmas booklet!”

Easily the best I've read for years. I was recently gently quizzed about my faith by a non-Christian from my sports club who knows little about Christianity and this booklet addresses all her questions & more. I shall be giving it to her, using it widely & encouraging our church family to use it liberally.

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